After months of speculation from Gator fans both near and far, Dan Mullen has announced that Feleipe Franks will be the Florida starting quarterback heading into the season opener Saturday night at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium against Charleston Southern.
Franks is the only current Gator quarterback on the roster with any starting experience, and for that matter, Franks is the only Florida quarterback currently on the roster with any college playing experience. Franks played in 11 games for the Gators in 2017, throwing for 1438 yards and nine touchdowns. Franks completed just under 55 percent of his 229 pass attempts in 2017.
The other two quarterbacks who were vying for the starting role in Gainesville, Kyle Trask and Emory Jones, have combined for zero starts, zero pass attempts and zero snaps from scrimmage in their college career.
What do all those number mean?
Franks was, and is, the obvious choice to be the starting quarterback for Florida heading into 2018.
2018 will feature a lot of transition for the Florida football program. With transition, you also need a little familiarity and Florida is getting that with Franks as the starting quarterback.
Franks showed glimpses last year of what he can do, look no further than the 63-yard touchdown pass to Tyrie Cleveland to beat Tennessee last September. Franks also showed that he can move around in the pocket a little bit, which is what Mullen likes to have in his starting quarterbacks.
Mullen is implementing his system and putting his footprint on the Gator program and he needs a quarterback with experience to help in that transition.
Florida has that with Franks at the helm.
Granted, Franks did struggle last year at times, but he also showed the ability to make plays down the field. If coached up properly, perhaps Mullen can turn Franks back into that four-star recruit he was coming out of high school.
Is Franks the long-term answer to Florida’s quarterback issues? The verdict is still out. Is Franks going to be the Gator starting quarterback in 2019? Still up in the air.
But, is Franks the right man to lead this Gator football team at the quarterback position in 2018? Absolutely.
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